‘We’re Paying The Price Of Chronic Under Investment In Health!’

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The Director General of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has cited a new report released by the Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean which shows that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be fuelled by inequality.

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne told her weekly press briefing last week that unfortunately, the Caribbean and Latin American region is the most unequal in the world.

She urged countries to continue prioritising health and social safety nets as part of their COVID response and as they turn their sights to COVID recovery.

“Social protection is key both to help people adhere to the public health measures that we know work and to rebuild more inclusive, equitable societies,” the PAHO Director observed.

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“Across our region we’re paying the price of chronic under investment in health. So now is the time for countries to break this cycle by applying a public expenditure in health of at least 6% of GDP to health systems, and to chart their path to recovery.  Now also is the time for countries to renew their commitment to Pan Americanism and solidarity,” Etienne declared.

She reiterated that health is a fundamental right.

“It was so before COVID, and the unequal burden of this pandemic has painted the urgency of health equity under new light,” Etienne explained.

 

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